BCC`s Top 10 Tips for Academic Success

Center for Student Success,
Room A-118, Pitkin Education Center
400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
BCC’s Top 10 Tips for Academic & Transfer Success
1) Complete your English and Math placement classes as required first, and remember that every student
begins the current semester with a 4.0 G.P.A. You either keep it or erode it every semester.
2) Be sure you know what program you are in here at BCC. The A.A. and the A.S. (two letter degrees)
are the most transferable to 4 year colleges.
3) Consider the factors that will determine the amount of time you need for your studies, such as
commuting, homework, and personal obligations. On average, for every hour of class time, two hours of
preparatory time are required.
4) Taking fewer credits per semester costs less and significantly increases the probability of success in
your courses. Working, family responsibilities, commuting, and financial constraints are all factors that
will directly affect your academic performance. Remember, whether you are a part-time or full timestudent, you have the same campus support services available to you: For example ; the Library, Center
for Student Success, Tutoring Center, Career Services, etc…
5) Begin to explore and expand your possibilities of interests. Perhaps, include a course that may not be in
your present degree program for a new breadth of exposure, or repeat a course that you previously did
not successfully pass. You can visit with the various academic departments to explore all your options.
6) Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Chances are other students have the same or a similar question.
Develop rapport with your Professors. Know their office hours and visit them on campus. Together,
your personal, academic and career planning will be actualized, not just conceptualized. It is a great way
to avoid the rumor mill for information, not missing deadlines and planning for your future today.
7) Get involved in activities, clubs and organizations on campus. Form study groups or partner with fellow
students for studying. Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Participating and contributing
to the learning process contributes to a healthy lifestyle and a great way to make lifelong friends.
8) To shape yourself into the best transfer candidate, look on your transcript for ‘D’s, E’s, F’s. Repeating
these courses to raise your G.P.A and be eligible for graduation may be essential. Consider meeting
with a Counselor to help determine the best approach to maximize your efforts. Try to avoid these
patterns by not creating them.
9) Graduation usually requires more than a two-year commitment of time. Expect the unexpected, and
know that any commitment requires time, energy, resources and patience. Take your time and do the
best you can with what you have. No rush, the diploma will be there for you in due time.
10) Attend an Open House at each 4 year university you are interested in transferring to at least one
semester prior to applying. There you will have an opportunity to meet faculty from various Academic
Departments, meet Admissions representatives, and explore the campus. It is important to bring a sealed
copy of your Transcript with you. A general rule is to apply to your prospective 4 year schools by
February for a Fall start or by September for a Spring start.
Want to be more proactive? Apply three weeks sooner. For New Jersey transfer specifics visit:
rev. May 2015